“The right to continue working must also be respected,” a university email addressed to the union’s members said.

McMaster University invited striking teaching assistants and research assistants to return to work as scabs – complete with a “confidential” form, according to leaked emails obtained by PressProgress.

2,800 teaching and research assistants at McMaster University, represented by CUPE Local 3906, are on strike in Hamilton.

Despite a 90% strike vote, the university offered the graduate TAs a 9% increase over three years – a below inflation average.

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